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Thinking of building a new gaming PC. What do you all think? ($1,500 budget)

#1KunkWRXPosted 8/22/2013 8:39:37 AM
Hello all. So last time I built my PC you guys helped me out a lot. That was almost 4 years ago and now I am thinking of building a new one. I will not need monitor, keyboard, mouse, or OS. I pretty much just need the PC itself. I am not looking to spend over $1,500 at all. I would prefer to be around $1,200, but if its a big upgrade I am willing to spend a bit more. The computer will be used for gaming and photo/video editing, and that is really about it. I need a GPU with good cooling because I run two monitors and I noticed my current GPU gets a little warm since I do that. If there are any big upgrades coming out soon then I can wait a month or two. I am curious as to what I can get now and see what you all can put together. Thanks!

PS: I do want a SSD and I do belive I would like a decent sized one so I can put my OS and some of my main games on it.
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#2Vindication123Posted 8/22/2013 9:52:15 AM
For games and editing on a single PC, an i7. If you have issues running a game, disabling HT could probably solve it, but you need it for editing as turbo boost is mostly for game performance boosts. An i7 with a large L3 around 8mb is probably your best bet for that price range.

I wouldn't go over $300 per part unless you plan on going cheap on some parts to put into a graphics card.

Two, big fans that are quiet tend to work for GPUs. You could also add more exhauste fans or create an exterior container for envirmental control purposes.

120GB SSD is the recommended amount. It's enough space for the OS, Programs, and a few games. But, most SSD always come with large HDD for storage of things like movies, songs, work files, etc.

Also, you should want to use the most RAM your OS and mobo can support. The recommended speed was 2133hz if I still remember. Most bang for your buck.

A 760 or the 670, 680 would be your best choice on the Nvidia side. Boils down to price, and a 3 or 4GB would help if your into what you do heavily. If you have software for it.
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#3KunkWRX(Topic Creator)Posted 8/22/2013 2:24:33 PM
Gotcha gotcha.Thank you for that information.
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#4PhilOnDezPosted 8/22/2013 2:30:43 PM
Vindication123 posted...
Also, you should want to use the most RAM your OS and mobo can support. The recommended speed was 2133hz if I still remember. Most bang for your buck.

A 760 or the 670, 680 would be your best choice on the Nvidia side. Boils down to price, and a 3 or 4GB would help if your into what you do heavily. If you have software for it.


The only reason to go faster than 1600 on your ram is if you can get it for the same price or you're running integrated graphics.

670 and 680 are horrible buys right now, 770s are faster than 680s at the same price as a 670. 760 is pretty good bang for the buck but you can get a sapphire 7950 for $200 after MIR currently.

Some of the rest of what you said was a bit nonsensical but otherwise not really wrong.
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#5Snuckie7Posted 8/22/2013 2:43:44 PM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v5uO

Swap out the 7970 for some Nvidia card if you need CUDA.
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#6Vindication123Posted 8/23/2013 12:00:31 PM
RAM is extremely important for heavy photo/video editing. 2133hz speed RAM is the default speed of the next RAM being realease. For that reason, and the fact that it's the best price per dollar make it a solid choice. There is a notable difference if you care to due some research on it.

The 770, 680, and 670 scores are staggered in performance so it's simply a matter of what you can afford between those three. the 760 offers the most price for the performance, and is equal to the 7970, the only difference mainly being how the two cards handle AA which favors the 7970 as far as performance goes....

If you say something is nonsensical and not wrong it's makes it difficult to give what you say credit without explaining your sense of logic....

I like being vague because people should do their on research, and i'm lazy to go into detail.
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#7Snuckie7Posted 8/23/2013 12:20:09 PM
Vindication123 posted...
RAM is extremely important for heavy photo/video editing. 2133hz speed RAM is the default speed of the next RAM being realease. For that reason, and the fact that it's the best price per dollar make it a solid choice. There is a notable difference if you care to due some research on it.

Then overclock the RAM yourself. Buying 2133MHz stock RAM is certainly not the best performance/dollar purchase.

The 770, 680, and 670 scores are staggered in performance so it's simply a matter of what you can afford between those three.

The 670, 680, and 770 actually all perform incredibly closely to each other.

the 760 offers the most price for the performance, and is equal to the 7970, the only difference mainly being how the two cards handle AA which favors the 7970 as far as performance goes....

With 7950's going for $200 and 7970's going for $300, the 760 is hardly the best performance/price card anymore. As for absolute performance, 760's are slower than both AMD cards when you start overclocking.
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